Category Archive for 'Written 2010'

Well, it’s time for me to ride off into the sunset and bid you all a grand fare-thee-well. Actually, more appropriately, it’s time for me to hunker down against the pelting rain, lean into the wind, and ride into my garage where I’ll winterize the bike. And to do this, I’ll have to put the […]

Bear with me as I meander once again down memory lane. I’ll start with me, but I’ll end with the most important person in our relationship: You. I want to tell you the story of how I became a motorcycle safety instructor. When I first arrived in Victoria, I wanted to find meaningful work. You […]

If you’re going to ride year-round, there are a few things that you can do to augment your pleasure. (Or, if you know a year-round or extended-season rider and don’t know what to get them for Christmas this year, here are a few shopping suggestions.) The first body parts affected by the cold are your […]

Stupidity is deadly

I should probably be saving my top 10 for the year’s end, but I think it’s far more appropriate to talk about scary at this time of year. Here, in reverse order of asininity, are my two top-10 lists. Scary list of things I’ve seen from vehicle drivers that endanger the lives of motorcyclists: 10. […]

This week’s column is a simple back-to-the-basics strategy for safe riding. Of course, I’ve been told that I have an uncanny ability to complicate the basics. Yes, it’s true. Watch me complicate the lane-change procedure. When asked in theory class what’s involved in a lane change, the most knowledgeable of the new students usually list […]

Ah, the days of yore. Do you remember 1995? The excitement of Parliament being televised for the first time. Chapters is officially incorporated and sets up shop in Burlington, Ont., and Burnaby. The trial of Paul Bernardo begins, and ends with a guilty verdict. Mike Harris begins his PC reign in Ontario. Christine Silverberg is […]

The residents of Canada’s west coast have a bit of a reputation for being, shall we say, overly relaxed. There’s even an unofficial time-zone (“West-Coast time”) that explains why stores close at 4:00pm on Thursday nights in December, and why urgent phone calls are returned three days later. But like everything, that’s only half the […]

The world can always be nicely divided into two. You are either with us or you’re against us. You’re either state-of-the-art or you’re a laggard. You’re either female or male. Let me try. You are either the die-hard rider (as I used to be) and ride all year long, or you are seasonal (as I […]

When I ride, my preference is to ride alone. No, I’m not the strong silent type who was such a quiet neighbour and then turns out to be a psycho killer; I just prefer my own company. Really. Having said that, I have also gone on group rides. Some I liked (with other educated riders); […]

Back when I got my licence to ride, it was one fee, one test, and one licence. And, not to brag but … I signed up to take a course anyway. While I had it easy, I’m all for a more complicated system. I, for one, celebrated the proactive ICBC changes here in BC. I […]